Bill Jones was elected to Salem City Council in 2008 in what many saw as a "Sign of the Times."
The former owner of Fastsigns, a successful Salem-Roanoke-based business since 1998, had been interested in serving on City Council ever since he was a young boy growing up in the city.
Jones graduated from Glenvar high school in 1977 and later studied business at Virginia Western Community College. For 21 years he worked in the Human Resources department at Salem-based Yokohama Tire before going into business on his own.
He is extremely active at his home church, Bethel Baptist, where he is a past deacon and current youth Sunday school teacher. Jones also is a member of the Salem Kiwanis Club and a former member of both the Salem Rotary Club and the Salem Jaycees.
Jones met his wife Mary Ann while the two were high school sweethearts at Glenvar, and the couple has two sons . Andy is a Clemson graduate, who is an administrator of a nursing home in Blacksburg. He and his wife Jessica have three children. Bill's other son, Adam, is a West Virginia University graduate, who is a mortgage lender in Roanoke. He and his wife Katie have a set of young twins.
Jones also is one of Salem's biggest sports fans and supporters. He's been a coach and referee at various levels for 30 years and he's a member of the Salem Sports Foundation. Bill also serves as the official scorekeeper for area high school basketball and football games as well as NCAA events.